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Student Development and Enrollment Services
A Token of Appreciation to UCF First Responders

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild invited MQG members around the world to participate in creating quilts for the victims of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. They asked that at least one heart be included in each quilt made.

The goal was to gather enough quilts to help not only the victims who survived, but the families of victims who perished, as well as first responders, nurses and police officers. The Orlando MQG had a compassionate, over whelming response of 1,800 quilts sent to them from every state and 23 countries.

The Orlando MQG delivered quilts to UCF on November 1 to the first responders to the Pulse Tragedy. They delivered quilts to the UCF Police Department, RESTORES and the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services.

“The quilts were a beautiful token of gratitude,” said Maribeth Ehasz, vice president for Student Development and Enrollment Services. “Our community is like the fabric blocks of the quilts, each piece comes together creating one, united and strong.”

SDES first responders included Counseling and Psychological Services, Social Justice and Advocacy, and UCF Cares. Karen Hofmann, director for CAPS, said, “The quilts are all so lovely and unique. My staff deeply appreciated the time and compassion that went into making each of the quilts.”

Many thanks to the Orlando MQG for the recognition of UCF’s first responders and the beautiful quilts.